Aloha my wonderful merfolk!
I moved to Yorkshire from Northumberland five years ago and I’ve never looked back. Although the counties are very different, they have a few similarities which is why I believe, I found a new home in Yorkshire that I adore.
By now, you should know that I love the weird and spooky, and Yorkshire is home to some of the most haunted buildings in Britain. So, since it’s getting closer to All Hallows Eve, I thought I would share with you some of the haunted buildings we have here in Yorkshire. Some I have visited, some I would like to visit.
Temple Newsam is the birth place of Lord Darnley, the man who would go on to marry Mary, Queen of Scots. It was also owned by the Ingram family for good few hundred years. One member of this family, Mary, is said to haunt the area, searching for her long lost pearls that were stolen from her by a gang of highwaymen. Visitors the home report hearing cries and feeling cold blasts of air. There have also been reports of a spirit child and sounds of something heavy being dragged across the floorboards.
Annison Funeral Parlour
This haunted establishment can be found in Hull. This building is thought to be the final visiting place of the murdered, Mary Jane Langley, who was found in a ditch further down the road in 1891. The ghostly happenings of the funeral parlour have even been investigated by Most Haunted. Although I am sceptic about this show and it’s evidence, it’s still pretty cool to see it on television. I’ve put the episode down below in case anyone is interested in watching.
30 East Drive
This house in Pontefract is seen to be the home of one of Europe’s most violent poltergeists. Exorcisms on this property have been unsuccessful and neighbours have even reported hearing screams and demonic voices coming from the property. One former owner of the home watched their 12 year old daughter be dragged up the stars by her throat before being strangled with an electric wire. This property has also been investigated by the Most Haunted team; I have popped links below.
Thackray Medical Museum
This building in Leeds first opened as a Union Workshouse in 1861 as a home for the poor. By 1832, there was a cholera outbreak, another to follow in 1840 with an estimated 2700 deaths. By 1990, the place was considered unfit for modern medicine and so, was turned into a museum in 1997. Visitors to the museum have seen a ghost wearing 18th century clothing, a Victorian man and have heard footsteps, knocks and bangs, as well as smelling urine.
At one point, Armley Mills was the biggest woollen mill in the world; a place of child labour and awful working conditions. People have reported things being thrown, seeing shadowy figures, hearing coughing and whispering and even feeling pains in their head.
This is the Abbey that helped inspire Bram Stokers Dracula. The ghostly figure of Saint Hilda, the founder of the abbey, has been seen gazing out of the large windows. The screams of Constance de Beverly, a young nun who broke her sacred vows and was consequently bricked up alive in the dungeons, can be heard echoing through the abbey. A phantom horse drawn coach can be seen driving along a cliff before plunging into the sea.
The Golden Fleece
The Golden Fleece in York is the city’s most haunted pub, home to five different spirits. The spirit of Lady Alice Peckett has been seen wandering the corridors of the hotel rooms upstairs as well as moving furniture. The Golden Fleece is another haunted destination that made it’s way onto Most Haunted.
These are only a small number of some of the haunted destinations across Yorkshire. A quick Google search will bring up a lot more destinations than the one I have included in this blog post.
Have you visited any of the destinations in this blog post? Do you want to?
a mermaid be waiting for you, in mysterious fathoms below